John E. Massey
John E. Massey.jpg
15th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
In office
January 1, 1886 – January 1, 1890
GovernorFitzhugh Lee
Preceded byJohn F. Lewis
Succeeded byJames Hoge Tyler
Personal details
BornApril 2, 1819
Spotsylvania County, Virginia, U.S.
DiedApril 24, 1901(1901-04-24) (aged 82)
Political partyDemocratic
ProfessionAttorney, Preacher

John Edward "Parson" Massey (April 2, 1819 – April 24, 1901) served as the 15th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from January 1, 1886, until January 1, 1890. He was from Albemarle County, Virginia and a member of the Democratic Party.

A Baptist preacher, Massey considered himself the founder of the short-lived Readjusters.[1] However, when the "Big Four" revolted to buck Confederate-general-turned-Republican-boss William Mahone, Massey supposedly supported the revolt. The "Big Four" were Andrew M. Lybrook of Patrick County, Peyton G. Hale of Grayson County, Samuel H. Newberry of Bland County, and B.F. Williams of Nottoway County.[2][3][4]

Upon Massey's death, he was buried in Charlottesville's Oakhill cemetery. His autobiography appeared posthumously in 1909, edited by Elizabeth H. Hancock.[5]


  1. ^ Moger, Allen (1968). Virginia: Bourbonism to Byrd, 1870-1925. University Press of Virginia. pp. OCLC 435376.
  2. ^ Clevie H. Wingate, Memories of Greayson (Grayson County Historical Society, 1992), p. 299 (poster explaining article published March 21, 1930)
  3. ^ Virginia. General Assembly. House of Delegates (1928). Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Commonwealth of Virginia. pp. 969–.
  4. ^ Michele Gillespie (1 October 2012). Katharine and R. J. Reynolds: Partners of Fortune in the Making of the New South. University of Georgia Press. pp. 306–. ISBN 978-0-8203-3226-0.
  5. ^ Autobiography of John E. Massey Library of Congress Internet Archive
Political offices Preceded byJohn F. Lewis Lieutenant Governor of Virginia 1886–1890 Succeeded byJames Hoge Tyler